Highway Fire near Corona, California

Map of Highway Fire 1130 pm 4-18-2014
The red squares indicate the location of heat detected by a satellite on the Highway Fire at about 11:30 p.m. April 18, 2015. The locations shown are accurate to within a mile.

(UPDATED at 1:17 p.m. PDT, April 20, 2015)

Riverside County Fire announced this morning that the Highway Fire northwest of Corona, California was holding at 1,020 acres and the Incident Commander is calling it 35% contained. All evacuations and road closures have been lifted.


(UPDATED at 7:50 a.m. PDT, April 20, 2015)

Riverside County Fire announced Sunday evening that the fire had burned 1,020 acres. The cause was identified as an unattended cooking fire.


(UPDATED at 2:13 PDT, April 19, 2015)

Riverside County Fire issued information at 11:15 this morning saying the fire has been mapped at 980 acres.


(Originally published at 8:07 a.m. PDT, April 19, 2015) 

The Highway Fire has burned hundreds of acres in the Prado Basin just northwest of Corona, California. CAL FIRE spokesperson Mike Mohler said the fire is in thick vegetation that has not burned in decades. Approximately 700 personnel are assigned. The fire was first reported at 6:12 p.m. on Saturday.

There are no reports of injuries to firefightes or damage to structures.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted, including residents of 300 homes on Bluff Road, Homestead Road and Stagecoach Road.

The last official size of the fire provided by Riverside County Fire was 300 acres at midnight Sunday morning, but it may be significantly larger.

Highway Fire
Highway Fire, April 18, 2015. Photo by Crystal Rios.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.